Five tips for better music production


Try to have some structure before starting: It is always good to have a clear idea of where the everything will go before you start recording. Since the structure may change throughout the process, the DAW and the functions will help you there however, planning in advance will greatly reduce the time required to program the MIDI virtual instruments.


Use Tempo Mapping

Your track does not have to be kept ultra-rigid in terms of the tempo, there are entities that need to breathe in any track.  Take advantage of the tempo variation functions within a DAW.  It is important to note that small variations in tempo match certain moods and instruments. Maybe easier with a drummer live, but more difficult using DAW.


Pay attention to the MIDI parameters: Many people ignore these however they contribute greatly to the sound of an instrument. You can achieve excellent sounds which fit the track better by paying attention to the nuances of each instrument and corresponding parameters in the MIDI field of a DAW. Some parameters to consider are: Velocity, quantize, swing etc.  One thing that people confuse is the velocity and volume settings, they have very different results.


Clearly identify cuts and changes in the DAW:  Thing suchas Intro, Verses, choruses, Cortes, bridges, etc. Solos Should always be colour coded on the DAW. A mistake many people make is to have every thing all in the same colour then it takes for ever trying to find sections to edit.



Do not abuse the number of tracks or instruments:  One of the advantages of using DAW’s is the fact that we can add hundreds of tracks or instruments with a single click, however this can be counterproductive because sometimes less is better and too many track and instruments can clutter a track.
This is not a golden rule and again you need to consider the style and genre but being just because you can add up to 128 track it doesn’t mean you should use 128 tracks. Many modern songs have only 3 or 4 tracks.


2 thoughts on “Five tips for better music production”

  1. There are many more tips I can think of too. E.g. Making sure the compression setting or correct so that all sounds are clear.

    Also, move any deep base lines away from heavy kicks to avoid peaking or the compressor going crazy. The bass line can be slightly off set from the kicks, i.e. no quantizing.

    Thanks for the tips anyway.

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